More and more people these days are fantasizing about starting their own businesses or working for themselves, but it's not as easy as it looks. To follow your dreams and get away from the corporate rat race takes planning and perseverance, not just quitting your job one day and setting out on your own. There's overhead, taxes, work/life balance, and many other things to consider when going it alone.

The top startup founders and entrepreneurs of the decade have, luckily, developed helpful blueprints for the rest of us to follow, should we decide to build our own business from scratch. Courvoisier has put together a list of the top advice from startup founders, from Kevin Systrom of Instagram to Facebook's wunderkind-turned-billionaire, Mark Zuckerberg. The prevailing advice? Make sure you're in it for the long-haul and plan accordingly.

[via Courvoisier.com]